Maui Beaches Hanakao`o Beach Park (Canoe Beach)

Dec 4, 2017 | General Information

Hanakaoo Beach park is located on the southern extremity of Kaanapali Beach just off the Honoapiilani Highway (Rt. 30) about two miles north of the town of Lahaina. Its more popular name is Canoe Beach because this is the home of the Lahaina Canoe Club and is the site of numerous outrigger canoe regalia competitions throughout the year. When the competitions occur, all the canoe clubs on the island show up to race along the course which has been created with colorful buoys forming lanes for each contestant. These competitions are generally held on Saturdays and the beach becomes totally mobbed with people.

Hanakaoo Beach Park is a popular favorite among locals not just because of the canoe races but because it has such easy access from the Highway and because it is a white sand beach, like Kaanapali Beach around the corner, but it is free of any form of commercialism. Snorkeling is an option as you swim further out and this location is close to surf breaks when the swells are rolling in.

Life Guard Tower at Hanakao’o
One of the great things about Hanakaoo Beach Park is that it has the only other life guard tower on West Maui other than at D.T. Fleming Beach Park. This guard station has super powerful jet-skis that allow the lifeguards to assist in rescues up the coast toward Flemings but also down the coast all the way to the tunnel south of Olowalu.

Beach Amenities
There is plenty of parking at Hoankaoo Beach Park though it can be a bit crowed on race days. Picnic tables are available as are barbecue stations and there is a large public bathroom and showers. As mentioned above there is also a lifeguard tower.

Ocean Caution
Please be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be potentially dangerous including Hanakao’o Beach. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering the water and of course, never turn your back on the ocean when you are on the shoreline. It should also be noted that all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including Hanakao’o Beach, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.